|LOCATION OF INJURY||Mystic River in Medford, MA|
|DATE OF INJURY||1996|
|DATE AND AMOUNT OF SETTLEMENT||1999 at $26,801.976|
|NRD SETTLEMENT FUNDS AVAILABLE||$18,505|
|RESPONSIBLE PARTY||Lawrence Memorial Hospital/Hallmark Health System|
|NATURAL RESOURCE TRUSTEES||MA Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA)|
|RELEASE OF HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCES||Spill of #6 fuel oil into the Mystic River|
|INJURED RESOURCES||Surface water and recreational uses|
|RESTORATION STATUS||Restoration planning is ongoing|
|ADDITIONAL RESOURCES||U.S. EPA Mystic River Initiative|
Mystic River NRD Case Settlement
In 1999, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts reached a settlement agreement with Hallmark Health System, d/b/a Lawrence Memorial Hospital for a total of $26,801.97 associated with a release of No. 6 fuel oil into the Lower Mystic River.
Natural Resource Trustees
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) is the sole natural resource Trustee for the Mystic River Oil Spill.
In the spring of 1996, a leaking underground fuel tank system released # 6 fuel oil into a local storm drain, discharging oil into the Mystic River over the course of several months.
Injured Natural Resources
- Surface waters (Mystic River)
- Recreational uses (boating)
Restoration planning is ongoing. EEA is an active participant in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Mystic River Initiative. In 2007, EPA's New England regional office launched a collaborative effort with the communities along the Mystic River, together with local environmental organizations, to address water quality issues in the Mystic Watershed.
The Public's Role
MassDEP seeks proposals for projects in the Mystic River Watershed that will restore, replace, and/or acquire the equivalent of natural resources or natural resource services relating to resources and resource services that were injured by release(s) of fuel oil from or at the Global/Irving Terminals and Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Click here for a copy of the grant application.
Mystic River NRD Trustee Contacts
MA Department of Environmental Protection